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Anxious People

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  105,890 ratings  ·  17,298 reviews
A poignant, charming novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined

Looking at real estate isn't usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Atria Books (first published April 25th 2019)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my goodreads 2020 choice as best fiction novel! It came at the second place and I adored “ Midnight Library” too. But this one still has special place in my heart! It’s still my favorite fiction reads of the year!

Good news: This amazing is about to be adapted in Swedish series. And fingers crossed, I hope Netflix buys this limited series so we may enjoy them!

This is one of my favorite, highly recommended fiction novels of 2020!

I think my vocabulary is so limited to express how this bo
Dita is taking a break from GR.
Fredrik Backman's writing is lyrical, whimsical, and heartwarming. It feels like hanging out with a very witty and observant friend who has the language to describe everything you are witnessing together perfectly and humorously.

This book got me in the feels.

I could tell you that this book is a closed room mystery about a bank robbery gone wrong or that it is about "idiots" or that it is about human spirit and human frailty but none of those pieces would come close to describing the impact that
Susanne  Strong
*Updated 11/8/20* Buddy Listen with Kaceey! I'm so grateful that I got to share my love for this book with my book buddy and am so glad that Kaceey loved this book as much as I did.


5 Powerful Stars

“Anxious People” is a thought provoking, heart-wrenching, comical novel that leaves you in wonderment. It’s Fredrik Backman at his best. At its heart, this book deals with human connection and the impact people have on each other. It showcases Mr. Backman’s talent in an entirely new way and it is an
Muhtasin Oyshik
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Thought-provoking, heartbreaking but amusing. It is a perfect mix of tragic and hilarious, believable and absurd. The whimsical & humorous writing style about real subjects like suicide, depression made this story remarkable.
God doesn't protect people from knives, sweetheart. That's why God gave us other people, so we can protect each other.

Sweet Story
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

This will definitely be a top 10 book for me this year!!

I have now read all of Mr. Bachman’s books and have enjoyed them all. This book had me engaged from the very beginning.

There are a handful of characters and they are all well developed. He is a genius when it comes to portraying people, their emotions, their habits, their “quirkiness”.

This book reminded me of a Seinfeld episode. Ther
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman hit me right in the part of me that I never want to discuss, the part that I don't even know how to discuss. He knows how we feel at our lowest moments, during our biggest and smallest times of disappointment, grief, and feelings of despair. Yet, rather than bringing me down, he lightens my heart because we aren't alone in these feelings. There is humor in how we feel and there is hope in low times. This book made me laugh and I loved it. 

So now, watch me call a
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘we are doing the best we can, we really are...’

this message is the heart of this story.

‘…we all have this in common, yet most of us remain strangers, we never know what we do to each other, how your life is affected by mine. when this day is over and the night takes us, allow yourself a deep breath. because we made it through another day.’

and this is the heart of us readers.

this is a story that will speak to everyone who picks it up - from the anxious to the confident, from the broken t
chan ☆
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
move over beartown

there's a new sheriff in town. well, i guess that kind of depends on what you're in the market for. but this book came to me at the perfect place and time in my life. and something about that kind of serendipity makes this the superior book to me.

you see, i was perusing the aisles of target, as one does. and i was looking for something that i had a. never read before and b. actually had interest in reading. and among the popular fiction, i found something to fit the bill. this
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
2 - 2.5 Stars

I am definitely in the minority on this and I am very aware of that...all I can say is, Backman can really write (although I already knew that). And he can really write people. Which I also knew...

The problem was I just didn't actually like any of the people here. Or the plot.

Now, I'm not saying I always have to like all the people in a story to like the story itself. But when I not only dislike the people, but think they are completely obnoxious? And I think the plot is ridiculous
Angela M
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
4+ stars
I was anxious to read this book, good anxious, as in I couldn’t wait to read it. Fredrik Backman has been on my list of favorite authors since I read A Man Called Ove several years ago. I’ve have read all of his published books and I loved all of them. But when I started reading this one, I became anxious in another way. I was anxious because I thought I was going to end up not liking the book. It’s kind of a quirky story, bizarre at times. The narrator even says , “The whole thing is a
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Wow! That was fantastic! This book is about.....being human. I have only read one other book by this author and it was Ove. I am probably the only person on this earth that didn't enjoy that book. I was like what is all the fuss about? Umm yeah ...THIS....this right here is what all the fuss is about. This author is absolutely brilliant to be able to put this story together in the manner that he did. I am going to say one thing...Kevin Bacon...Nope Kevin Bacon is not in this book, but just keep ...more
This book has restored my faith in humanity. It’s 1am and I just finished reading this book, and I really enjoyed it. Fredrik Backman is such an incredible author, he has such a great way with words and I love that he can write such a light-hearted story about such a serious subject. Here are some notes I jotted down while reading, as well as some of my favorite quotes:

tw: suicide, death of a loved one, depression, suicidal thoughts
•The way this book talks about anxiety and depression just rea
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fredrik Backman demonstrates with style and panache his remarkable and astute understanding of what it is to be human in this profound and philosophical locked room mystery that beguiles in how it pulls at our heartstrings, with its emotionally charged heartbreak, tragedy, humour and in the joy of human connectivity. He creates a host of stellar and diverse characters, including a rabbit, anxious, with messy and chaotic lives, and their idiocy, not only their idiocy, but all of our idiocy too. T ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Omg!! I love this author so much!! It took me awhile to quit crying so I could write a few words. This book gave me all of the feels and got plopped right on my favorites list!

This is a story about a bank robbery, an apartment viewing, and a hostage drama. But even more it’s a story about idiots. But perhaps not only that.

I love each of the characters so damn much. They just stole my heart. This book is funny, sad, hopeful.... There is suicide. There is everything. I marked many pages. The
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Backman does it again! I loved it!

I could only assume the book was about me and my people 😁. In all seriousness, though, it is appropriate title because it is a character study and a character driven mystery. As you learn about the people along the way, you might learn a little bit about yourself.

I love the way that Backman writes. He only has one book that I did not completely adore (My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry). I am excited every time I see a new book is out from him and I
Elyse  Walters
“This was a story about many different things, but most of all about idiots. Because we’re doing the best we can, we really are. We’re trying to be grown-up and love each other and understand how the hell you’re supposed to insert USB leads. We are looking for something to cling onto, something to fight for, something to look forward to. We’re doing all we can to teach our children how to swim”.

Love Fredrik Backman? Long time fan?
Me too!

New to Backman?
His stories ... in the most raw sense of
Merphy Napier
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it

Once again, Backman wrote a story that captivated me, made me think, made me cry, and reminded me to give people room to be imperfect, because we're all trying.

Unfortunately, there were things that didn't work for me in this one too. Sometimes, the conversations felt forced, the ending was crazy clean (unrealistically so), and the big "thing" didn't work for me (view spoiler)
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favorites

I didn't want this to end so I read it a second time and some parts more than that, and I'm sad that it's time to call time, but it is.

This is a the story of a bank robber who, oops, tries to rob a cashless bank then panics, runs across the street and right into a realtor's apartment viewing, panicking even more and taking everyone there hostage. The opening sentence of "Beartown" is one of my favorite opening sentences of all time. The opening paragraph of "Anxious Peopl
DNF at 15%.

The author tries too hard to be witty and quirky with a "deep message", but is neither funny or appealing. He uses an abundance of similes such as comparing children to kites (you hold on tight but the wind carries them off anyway) and fog is "like someone setting fire to ghosts" (has he actually set fire to one to know what it looks like?). My eyes were rolling. The witnesses to a bank robbery exhibit unrealistic and weird behavior (which is supposed to be quirky?). The 3rd person P
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, this book is one of his best so far. One of his most popular books didn't work for me. But I had a right vibe about this one and I was so, so, so crazy about its release ever since I saw the cover reveal. And yes, this book is going to be adapted as a TV series! I mean just do it 🖤

The story is about, yes, a few idiots who got in a weird situation while checking out an apartment (for that matter a not-so-functional cheap one). An idiotic bank robbery attempt with the bank robber ending up w
Miranda Reads
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Just released my Top 10 Books from 2020 BookTube Video - now that you know this one made the list, click the link to find the rest!
The Written Review
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
Oh my gosh.

Like most Backman books at this point...I'm at a complete loss regarding how to tell you that this book is, quite frankly, the best thing I've read all year.

I'm just overwhelmed by the sheer goodness of this book...and if I were to try
Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review to come.

*Disclosure- I received an advanced manuscript from the publisher, but arcs aren't available just yet.
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christine by: Angela M
5 stars

OK, so according to the author, this book is about a botched bank robbery, an apartment open house, and a hostage situation. That’s it. And most everyone in the story is an idiot. Again, author’s words. Does this sound like a must-read to you? No? It certainly doesn’t to me either. But I read it because I have faith in said author to deliver a great story no matter how boring the premise. Did I like it? Yes, I did. I actually loved it. And I loved it enough to put it in my potential “best
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 big lovely stars!
“This story is about a lot of things, but mostly about idiots. So it needs saying from the outset that it’s always very easy to declare that other people are idiots, but only if you can forget how idiotically difficult being human is.”
Jack is having a really bad day. A police officer, he’s investigating a bank robbery that wasn’t a robbery, that led to a hostage situation and a missing perpetrator. The witness interviews all have a sense of “who’s on first?” to them. Well, his
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a bank robbery gone wrong.
It's also a story of a hostage drama, in an Apartment Viewing.
And, it's a story about idiots. (Author’s words!)

Now Picture Abbott and Costello as a father and son Police duo, in a small town-

First they have to "google" what to do in a hostage situation

AND then they have to INTERVIEW the hostages after they are released to try to determine how the bank robber, turned hostage taker, managed to get away...

and why the hostages turned witnesses are so
Holly  B
Jul 18, 2020 rated it liked it
My first book by Fredrik Backman and I'm not really sure what to think of it! Its both funny and heartbreaking, but also very weird/quirky/ and downright strange!!

I really enjoyed the first chapters and the build up of what was happening with the hostage situation in the apartment complex. I did struggle as the book progressed and some parts were so silly to me that I couldn't imagine how this book was going to come together to make any sense, but in the end it does. You have to be quite a talen
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
If I were to rate only the first half of this book, I would honestly have nothing positive to say. The characters were absolutely insufferable and I was struggling to care about anything that was happening. HOWEVER, as the book went on, I really grew to love all of the characters and ended up sobbing my way through the last 10% of the book. While I did end up really liking this one in the end, it definitely did have it's issues. Not only with the rocky first half, but there were also a lot of we ...more
Sheyla ✎

"Worst hostages ever."

A bank robbery that never becomes a bank robbery. A hostage situation that might not be a hostage situation. Yet, there is intent, a mask, and a gun involved.

Eight stranger's anxieties that are all in one apartment viewing when a masked individual walks in, a suicide, a psychologist, and two cops trying to get to the bottom of it all, becomes the perfect mixture for a good novel.

Surprisingly funny and sad with moments of revelation is what Anxious People delivers t
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Ariele at Atria Books for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Another thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for the free audiobook in exchange for an honest review
"That’s the power of literature, you know. It can act like little love letters who can only explain their feelings by pointing at other people’s.

That quote is gold. This quote is basically book reviewing in a nutshell. Instead of putting my feelings into words, I'm just like.

So, what's this
Warning: Backman has plotted and schemed to drive the reader crazy in this one!

House Tricks Real Estate Agency Open House - One crazy day before New Years Eve.

Anxious People initially is about a desperate, inept bank robber who ends up hiding out at an apartment open house....waving a gun....amidst a really diverse group of strange and idiotic characters. A hostage situation thus ensues.

Then, a bumbling police team arrive at the scene....and not knowing what to do or say, decide to handle the s

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